Social distancing. What a statement! We live in a world that is as socially distant as it’s ever been. Phone calls, Facebook, Twitter, Marco Polo, Skype, Zoom calls, Tik Tok. It’s called social media for a reason. It’s social communication. Aren’t all of these social conveniences supposed to be the very definition of social? But it’s social at a distance.
We are a culture of social distancing.
We’re a vast global community, celebrating our technological advances, and our interconnection. We can see and speak and interact instantaneously to someone on the other side of the world. And yet, we’re lonelier than we’ve ever been. We lack nothing in our ability to reach out. Yet, our social networking has brought us more social distancing than any virus ever could.
We once lived in villages together, alone on a vast planet of villages, separated by days or weeks or months of arduous journey. We only had our village. We took care of each other, worked together, protected one another, lived together. Our lives in our villages were intertwined. Connected.
Now, even together, we live alone.
Last night I wrote a Facebook post saying, “I’m extremely lonely.” The responses were the clearest representation of our social truth right now. We’re all lonely. But not for why we think.
This novel coronavirus, as it spreads across the world, has pointed out the terrible truth of what our world has become. While we were looking at our phones and meandering through grocery store corridors plucking fanciful delights into our rolling baskets, we lost our village. We lost our community. We lost ourselves.
Our villages have turned into metropolitan mega areas with larger and larger populations. Our technology has given us thousands of friends, thousands of neighbors, thousands of things to talk about, and stolen every last drop of our identities. We are giant hives of drones in active nothingness.
We are alone in a whirlwind.
We are lost.
My cry for help was a cry for all people right now.
Help us, O Lord! We are a people lost and alone and nothing can save us but You. This virus, this terrible virus that takes our breath away is the final burning anger of a world who has lost the breath of Life that is You, Jesus. Breathe into us today with Your life giving breath. You are the great I AM. You Breathe. You Give Life. Restore your Creation, God. Restore Your people. Breathe into us again.
For God alone my soul waits in silence;
from him comes my salvation.
2 He alone is my rock and my salvation,
my fortress; I shall not be greatly shaken.
3 How long will all of you attack a man
to batter him,
like a leaning wall, a tottering fence?
4 They only plan to thrust him down from his high position.
They take pleasure in falsehood.
They bless with their mouths,
but inwardly they curse.
5 For God alone, O my soul, wait in silence,
for my hope is from him.
6 He only is my rock and my salvation,
my fortress; I shall not be shaken.
7 On God rests my salvation and my glory;
my mighty rock, my refuge is God.
8 Trust in him at all times, O people;
pour out your heart before him;
God is a refuge for us.
9 Those of low estate are but a breath;
those of high estate are a delusion;
in the balances they go up;
they are together lighter than a breath.
10 Put no trust in extortion;
set no vain hopes on robbery;
if riches increase, set not your heart on them.
11 Once God has spoken;
twice have I heard this:
that power belongs to God,
12 and that to you, O Lord, belongs steadfast love.
For you will render to a man
according to his work.